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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) seeks people who are committed to producing high-quality work in an intellectually challenging environment.

MedPAC is a small, nonpartisan federal agency that advises the U.S. Congress on Medicare payments to health care providers and issues affecting access to and quality of care received by Medicare beneficiaries. MedPAC staff evaluate Medicare policies, develop options for consideration by the Commission, and present their work in regular public meetings. MedPAC publishes its recommendations and supporting analyses in two annual reports to the Congress and in other reports periodically mandated by the Congress. In addition, staff prepare analyses of proposed regulations, write issue briefs, and contribute to the preparation of Congressional testimony. They provide technical support as needed to staffs of Congressional committees through memos and briefings.

  • Research AssistantHideDetails

    Summary:

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) seeks research assistant candidates who are committed to producing high-quality work in an intellectually challenging environment. We are interested in candidates who would be available to start work in the Summer of 2019 and commit to the position for two years.  MedPAC is an independent, nonpartisan legislative branch agency that advises the U.S. Congress on the Medicare program. The Commission consists of 17 commissioners who are national health policy leaders, and approximately 35 full-time staff. MedPAC staff evaluate Medicare policies and payment systems, develop policy options for consideration by the Commission, and present their work in regular public meetings. MedPAC publishes its recommendations and supporting analyses in two annual reports and other periodic reports as mandated by Congress. In addition, staff prepare analyses of proposed regulations, write issue briefs, and contribute to the preparation of Congressional testimony. They provide technical support as needed to Congressional staff through memos and briefings.

     Research assistants must be able to work as part of a team and independently take on assigned tasks to fulfill the Commission’s mandate. We particularly value candidates with strong written and oral communication skills, because research assistants are asked to write policy briefs and present findings in public. Depending on need, research assistants perform a variety of tasks including data collection, data programming (using SAS software), literature reviews, interviewing, and coordination of travel for site visits. Specific qualifications include:

     Research skills:

    • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research
    • Familiarity and comfort with statistics, data analysis and spreadsheet analysis
    • Resourcefulness to investigate complex issues and synthesize information
    • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks in a timely and complete manner
    • Willingness and determination to learn new skills
    • Knowledge of health policy or public policy

     Writing and communications skills:

    • Ability to coherently and concisely communicate research findings in writing
    • Ability to present research findings orally

     Education and experience:

    An undergraduate degree in a discipline such as economics, political science, public policy, health services research, public health, health administration or pre-medicine. We will also consider highly-qualified candidates with liberal arts degrees or other academic disciplines who have skill sets applicable to the Commission’s work. We are not considering candidates with graduate degrees for this position.

     Following their two-year commitment, MedPAC research assistants have gone on to attend graduate school in a number of different fields (law, public policy, economics, medicine, nursing, law, and the humanities) or have taken positions in large health care systems, policy organizations, or other government agencies.

     To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to:  Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, 425 I Street, NW, Suite 701, Washington, DC 20001. E-mail submissions to RAjobposting@medpac.gov. U.S. citizenship required.

     MedPAC is an equal opportunity employer.

    Term Expires:
  • Special Assistant and SchedulerHideDetails

    Summary:

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) seeks candidates for the position of Special Assistant and Scheduler who are committed to producing high-quality work in an intellectually challenging environment. We are interested in candidates who would be available to start work in the summer of 2019 and commit to the position for two years.  MedPAC is an independent nonpartisan legislative branch agency that advises the United States Congress on the Medicare program. The Commission consists of 17 commissioners who are national health policy leaders, and approximately 35 full-time staff. MedPAC staff evaluate Medicare policies and payment systems, develop policy options for consideration by the Commission, and present their work in regular public meetings. MedPAC publishes its recommendations and supporting analyses in two annual reports and other periodic reports as mandated by Congress. In addition, staff prepare analyses of proposed regulations, write issue briefs, and contribute to the preparation of Congressional testimony. They routinely provide technical support to Congressional staff through memos and briefings.

    In general, the role of the Special Assistant and Scheduler is part communications, part organization, and part research. The person in this role works closely with the Executive Director and other executive staff, and must be able to work both as part of a team and independently. To assist in fulfilling the Commission’s mandate, the person in this role is asked to: assist in communicating the Commission’s findings to Congressional staff and the media, schedule and coordinate all internal and external meetings and conference calls, and conduct health policy research on select topics. We particularly value candidates with strong oral and written communication skills and have strong organizational skills. Successful candidates will also be able to navigate frequent changes in work priorities and scheduling with flexibility and enthusiasm. Depending on the need, they are sometimes asked to write policy briefs and present findings in public.

    Specific qualifications include:

    • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a timely and complete manner
    • Ability to coordinate calendar events across various internal and external stakeholders
    • Ability to anticipate and resolve problems
    • Ability to work well with various parties
    • Ability to exercise good judgment in handling sensitive communications
    • Ability to coherently and concisely communicate research findings in writing
    • Ability to present research findings orally
    • Basic knowledge of health policy or public policy
    • Familiarity and comfort with data analysis and research methods
    • Resourcefulness to investigate complex issues and synthesize information
    • Willingness and determination to learn new skills

    Education and experience:

    An undergraduate degree in a discipline such as political science, public policy, public health, journalism, or communications. We value highly qualified candidates with liberal arts degrees or other academic disciplines who have skill sets applicable to the Commission’s work. We are not considering candidates with graduate degrees for this position.

    Following their two-year commitment, MedPAC SAs have gone on to attend graduate school in a number of different fields (law and public policy,) or have taken positions on Capitol Hill, with policy organizations, or other government agencies.

    To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to:  Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, 425 I Street, NW, Suite 701, Washington, DC 20001. E-mail submissions to SAjobposting@medpac.gov. U.S. citizenship required.

    MedPAC is an equal opportunity employer.

     

    Term Expires:

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